Nonprofit Organizations

When We Contact You

The Types of Information We Need

As part of our due diligence process, we may contact organizations for several reasons.

For an organization to receive grants from Fidelity Charitable, we obtain:

  • A federally issued 9-digit Tax Identification Number
  • Legal name and mailing address
  • A copy of the Letter of Determination, if we need to qualify your organization as an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) public charity or private operating foundation

For a religious house of worship, we will ask for some of the following additional pieces of documentation:

  • Governing Documents, such as by-laws or articles of incorporation
  • Copies of bulletins detailing worship services

Please note that our Privacy Policy prevents us from providing details about a grant recommendation. We will not provide the name of the donor recommending the grant without the donor's express permission. When the grant check is sent, the charity will receive a letter providing those details as recommended by the donor.

Questions Related to "More Than Incidental Benefit"

All Fidelity Charitable grants must be used exclusively for charitable purposes. We will often ask questions to ensure that no "more than incidental" benefits are received by the donor or any other person as a result of the grant.

A common example is a charitable fundraising event where a portion of the ticket price covers the cost of dinner and is therefore not tax-deductible. In these cases, we require our donor to personally pay the lowest per person ticket price (both the deductible and non-deductible portions) to attend the event. If they choose, they can recommend a grant from Fidelity Charitable to support the charity above and beyond the cost to attend the event.

When Grant Funds may be used outside of the United States

When Fidelity Charitable grants will be used by U.S. charities outside of the United States, we require certification from the recommended grant recipient charity that the funds will be used in accordance with U.S. charity laws, for proper charitable purposes. These representations are provided to Fidelity Charitable using a form certification. An organization performs this certification by signing a certification that Fidelity Charitable provides.

Download the certification Grants for use outside of the United States (PDF)

Compliance with the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

In addition, when a donor recommends that a grant recipient charity send funds to any foreign country or region that is subject to U.S. sanctions, we require a copy of the charity's OFAC-issued license, which permits it to engage in transactions with that country or region. Each organization seeking to fund charitable purposes in an OFAC-sanctioned country or region must first obtain from OFAC such a license.

Download the certification Grants for use in an OFAC-Sanctioned Country or Region (PDF)

Go to the U.S. Department of Treasury web site to learn more about OFAC.

Keep your information current

Make sure your data is up-to-date in:

  • IRS Publication 78 – Used by Fidelity Charitable to verify a nonprofit's IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) public charity status.
  • GuideStar® – a tool that helps donors research nonprofit organizations by providing information like charitable missions and financial data.
  • IRS-Qualified 501(c)(3) Public Charities – Organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which are generally eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Code section 170 and, as a result, are generally eligible to receive Fidelity Charitable grants.
  • Letter of Determination – This letter is the document which is received by the nonprofit organization from the IRS in response to its IRS Form 1023 Application for Recognition of Tax Exempt Status and is the definitive way in which the organization demonstrates its tax-exempt status to donors, including Fidelity Charitable. This letter is relied upon by donors, including Fidelity Charitable, to know that when a donation is made to this organization, the donation qualifies as a tax-deductible charitable contribution.